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Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe

A refreshing mix of lime and mint, this Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe will be your new drink of summer. There is so much flavor and real food ingredients in this drink that you won’t even miss the booze. Right? Maybe? 

Two glasses of virgin mojitos with lime and mint on a white board

When my cousin got married they served mojitos at the reception. I got one for my mom and took a few sips of it on the way back to the table. I don’t drink but I found the mojito incredibly smooth and delicious. I couldn’t believe it – I was enjoying booze!

That’s when someone at my table informed me they were virgin mojitos. And just like that, my new summer drink was born.

What is The Difference Between Cocktails and Virgin/Mocktail Drinks?

In a word: booze! Cocktails contain alcoholic and virgin drinks don’t.

Virgin drinks/mocktails are often a take on their boozy counterpart, so you get all the delicious flavors without the alcohol. Related: Blackberry and Peach Moscow Mules and Creamy Berry Party Drinks.

What Ingredients Are in a Virgin Mojito Recipe?

lime, mint, and ice on a white board with a citrus squeezerFresh lime juice makes this drink bright and flavorful, but you can totally cheat if you want to make pitchers for a crowd, or just don’t feel the desire to squeeze limes.

Using a quality limeade is a great substitute for the lime juice and the simple syrup combo. Use 1/4 cup of limeade in lieu of the fresh lime and honey syrup. When I buy limeade I love the Newman’s Own brand because it tastes fresh and has a great limey flavor. <—not sponsored.

Also, limey is now a word. Tell your friends.

We use plain sparkling water that we make in our Soda Stream, but feel free to use your favorite sparkling water. Want to use a flavored sparkling water? Go for it! I would stick with lime or lemon, but that’s just me.

Technically you could also use ginger ale or a lemon-lime flavored soda in lieu of the sparkling water, but I’m in the camp of “why add more sugar when it isn’t needed”.

How Do You Make a Virgin Mojito?

  1. Place mint leaves and lime juice in a glass and muddle them together. Muddling = mushing them up and crushing the leaves to release the flavor and oils the mint. Use a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Or a set of brass knuckles. To each their own.Also, doesn’t muddling sound like what the kids in Scooby Doo always did? “I’d have taken over this old amusement park if it wasn’t for you muddling kids”. No, I did not add rum to my mojito, why do you ask?
  2. Add the honey simple syrup.
  3. Add the sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with lime slices, a sprig of mint, and/or fresh fruit (see Variations below). Process shots for making virgin mojito mocktails

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy limey squeezy.
  • If you want to make this for a crowd, pulse the fresh mint in a food processor with a splash of water, or roughly chop it with a knife. Muddling the mint in each individual glass would be a giant pain in the butt.
  • Sub in 1/4 cup limeade instead of fresh lime juice and honey simple syrup.
  • If you want to make this an “adult” drink, add 2 oz white rum when you add the sparkling water.Virgin mojitos, mint, and a bowl of ice on a white background

Variations on the Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe:

Please, please, please feel free to add fresh fruit or veg to this virgin mojito recipe. Things like:

  • Fresh or frozen blackberries
  • Fresh or frozen peach slices
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Spash of grapefruit juice
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries
  • Thinly sliced jalapenos – yassss! Be bold and brave and drink something spicy and awesome.

Glass filled with a virgin mojito with lime and mint

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Two glasses of virgin mojitos with lime and mint on a white board
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5 from 1 vote
Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A refreshing mix of lime and mint, this Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe will be your new drink of summer. No booze, but plenty of flavor.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: mojito mocktail, non alcholic drinks, virgin mocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 57 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
  • 10 mint leaves, large or 15 small
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp honey simple syrup
  • sparkling water
  • ice optional
  • lime slices optional
Instructions
  1. Place mint leaves and lime juice in a glass and muddle them together for 1 minute. 

  2. Add the honey simple syrup.

  3. Add the sparkling water.

  4. Garnish with lime slices, a sprig of mint, and/or fresh fruit.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 12g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 14.8%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 comments on “Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe”

  1. That last photo makes me want to have one right now!

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Do you think it’s possible to make these ahead of time if you’re making them for a large group? We’re going on a float trip in a couple weeks, and these sound great to take along. I was also wondering if you’ve tried freezing them. It’s 90 plus degrees here, and anything cold when you’re outside all day sounds fantastic. Thanks for any wisdom you can share!

    • Laura, it is definitely possible! I would definitely chop the mint and then combine it with the lime juice and simple syrup and freeze in wide mouth canning jars or freezer-proof ziplocs. Thaw a bit and pour them in a pitcher (mush it up a little bit to make it slushy-like) and add the sparkling water.

      I have frozen the lime/syrup/mint as ice cubes before and used them in sparkling water. You get the same taste with an awesome hit of cold.

      Have a wonderful trip; it sounds amazing.

  3. I fell in love with virgin mojitos when I was pregnant and I still find them the most refreshing drink ever so this recipe is an instant fave. The limeaid hack is genius, and it’s another great use for your simple syrup. Yesss!